Motorists have long been complaining that crossing the Porur junction at the intersection of Mount Poonamallee Road and Arcot Salai during peak hour is a big problem. “It takes 40 minutes to cross the junction during rush hour. Pedestrians are the most affected as Poonamallee Road is very broad and many times they are forced to run across,” said S. Srinivasan, a resident of Valasarawakkam.
Residents of areas, including Porur, Kundrathur, and Valasarawakkam, attributed the stoppage in construction of a flyover across the junction as the reason for the traffic snarls. M. Elango a resident of Kundrathur said that the work has remained a non-starter for several years.
“The flyover has been put on the back burner after having wasted public money for constructing a few pillars. Government officials have been giving various reasons for the delay. Absolutely no effort seems to have gone towards reviving it,” he said. A. Samshath, a resident of Porur, said that the junction had become accident-prone after the work began and buildings on the sides were demolished.
“The right turn into Arcot Road when travelling from the Guindy side has become almost impossible. Very small cars and only expert drivers can turn. Many vehicles go up to the next junction just to take a ‘U’ turn,” she said. Work to construct a flyover that begun in 2010 was stopped after several pillars came up. Sources in the Highways Department said that the tender for the construction of the 475-m long, 17.2-m wide flyover had been settled.
“Construction had to be stopped as a water main belonging to the Chennai Metrowater could not be shifted. Several tender calls were made both by Metrowater and Highways but of no avail. Finally since no contractor came forward to take up the work, we changed the design,” explained a source in the Highways Department.
Recently, a fresh tender was called for and a contractor was settled. The department has written to the State government for additional funds.